Friday, June 21, 2024

Jada Pinkett Smith Book Turning Into a Sales Dud After an Initial Spike: Did She Turn Readers Against Her? UPDATED


Jada Pinkett Smith has not shut up for days about her marriage, her life, and her sex life.

Before this past Tuesday’s publication of “Worthy,” her memoir, Pinkett Smith was everywhere squawking about her separation from Will Smith, the Oscars slap, and anything else she had on her mind.

When “Worthy” was finally published on Tuesday, it started at number 4 on Amazon’s best seller list. But the more Pinkett Smith kept sticking it to Will, the worse things got. Right now, the book has dropped to number 44. The Kindle version is around 2,700. At Barnes and Noble, it’s a similar story– number 173.

Have the potential fans turned against Jada? It seems so. Her campaign of negativity about Will, Chris Rock, and even Tupac Shakur, may have backfired. It’s instructive to see no reviews at all on the B&N site, and all one star reviews from Top Critics on Amazon.

I don’t think people want to read this book.

PS Will Britney Spears’s book face the same criticism when it arrives on Tuesday? We already know all the headlines from it. It’s number 1 on amazon in pre-sales but we’ll see how long before both of these tomes wind up featured in “Celebrity Autobiography,” the hit touring stage comedy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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